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And the Winners Are…

May 23rd, 2014

I’m so very proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Environmental Initiative Awards. For those of you who attended the event, thank you for spending the evening with us. We were blown away by the extraordinary turnout and are looking forward to making next year’s event bigger and better. On behalf of Environmental Initiative I’d like to extend special thanks to WCCO’s Frank Vascellaro for returning and serving as the evening’s emcee. Enjoy the event photos and congratulations again to all of the 2014 finalists and winners.

Project Sweetie Pie

Project Sweetie Pie

Twin Cities Habitat Northside Net Zero Energy Home

State of the River Report

Fruits of the City

Clearwater River Targeted Fertilizer Application

The Saint Paul Hotel Organics Recycling Project

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

(Photo credit: Megan Dobratz, studioTart.)


Andrea Robbins


Director, Engagement and Systems

Resources to Save from Beyond Zero Waste

May 12th, 2014

I had the opportunity to attend Friday’s Business & Environment Session: Beyond Zero Waste. With more than 100 people registered and a room full to the brim, it was clear Minnesota’s sustainability community was ready to talk about broader BES1Blogapproaches to our waste management challenges.

We discussed how we can reduce or eliminate waste upstream and considered what aiming for “zero” might mean for our businesses and organizations. It was a really great conversation. Here’s some of the valuable resources that were shared at the event and that have popped up online over the past few weeks:

  1. Zero waste: What does it mean and why should we care? (Sustainable Brands)
  2. What can we learn from Scandinavia about cooperative approaches to business? (Financial Times)
  3. Six ways to move beyond zero waste. (GreenBiz)
  4. Food for thought: This restaurant hasn’t taken out the trash in almost two years. (Huffington Post Green).
  5. Waste as an asset: What are the benefits of a zero waste strategy? (Environmental Leader)

Bonus: Check out sustainable business pioneer, Ray Anderson’s TED Talk, “The Business Logic of Sustainability.”

A big thank you to our hosts, Great River Energy for providing us with breakfast and event space for this important conversation.

Emily Franklin


Director of Communications

Meet Our Members: Andersen Corporation

May 1st, 2014

Andersen Corporation is the largest window and door manufacturer in North America. Headquartered along the banks of the St. Croix River since its founding in 1903, environmental stewardship is in their nature. As an industry leader, Andersen has a history of sustainability firsts and was a proud recipient of the 2007 Environmental Initiative Green Business and Environmental Management Award for their innovative steam plant in Bayport, Minnesota. Andersen continues to evolve its sustainability journey with a steadfast focus on supporting the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit.

Andersen takes a collaborative approach to continually improving the environment and communities where its employees live and work. By engaging employees, suppliers, customers, and community experts to understand best practices and benchmark operations, they continue to increase efficiency and reduce impacts. This collaborative approach is one of the common threads between Andersen and Environmental Initiative. Andersen’s continued support of the Business and Environment Series helps advance collaborative efforts around sustainability within the region.

Andersen believes increased transparency is critical for driving overall environmental and social progress. They continue to participate in the development of the window and door industry’s product category rule –a prerequisite to publishing environmental product declarations. Additionally, their continued support of transparency is evident as their 2012 Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR) met Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) requirements for a C Application Level. Look for their 2013 CSR, expected to meet GRI B Application Level, next month!


A note from Environmental Initiative: Each month, we feature information about one of our members here on the Initiative blog and on our website. Contact me anytime at 612-334-3388 ext. 101 to learn more about this membership benefit.

Sacha Seymour-Anderson


Development Director
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